Sunday, May 23, 2010

Write Me Up a Prescription, Stat!

I'm not much of a scientist. Sure, I walk around my house in a white lab coat and say "stat" while giving orders to anyone within ear-shot. But other than the odd game of buck-a-roo-operation that I personally invented, I've never dabbled in the sciencey stuff. Yet, I've always held out hope that one of my theories would be proven true.

Well, it's finally happened : science has caught on to the idea that Guiness, the world's favourite meal in a glass, is actually good for you. Apparently, as well as being delicious and mysterious, Guiness can prevent heart-attacks.

From the BBC :

"They believe that "antioxidant compounds" in the Guinness, similar to those found in certain fruits and vegetables, are responsible for the health benefits because they slow down the deposit of harmful cholesterol on the artery walls.

The researchers told a meeting of the American Heart Association in Orlando, Florida, that the most benefit they saw was from 24 fluid ounces of Guinness - just over a pint - taken at mealtimes."

And my favourite quote from the entire article :

"Pregnant women and nursing mothers were at one stage advised to drink Guinness - the present advice is against this."

Good thing they mentioned that, eh ladies?

Now that science has finally figured out that a pint of Guiness per day might actually be good for you after all, maybe they can start working on the intricate calculations required to make people stop drinking more than one pint. They should ask the guys who invented Molson Canadian, 'cause they nailed it.


Allison said...

You would go on the' Guiness a Day Keeps the Doctor Away' diet.

♥Aubrey said...

Ha ha...i want to hear about this game: Buck-A-Roo Operation :)-

Rob said...

Allison : I know. It's as if they did they study just for me. I couldn't be more pleased with the results.

Aubrey : Well, essentially it ties in the best of Buck-A-Roo with the best of Operation. What you end up with is a man getting surgery while attached to a spring-loaded device which propels the patient into the air when you hit an internal organ. In real life, it would be horrible and possibly scientifically impossible but as a board game, you really can't beat that.

IGal said...


good girl gone grad said...

Looks like every day really is a lovely day for a Guinness. :)

Rob said...

Igal : Thanks. Stick around, you never know when I might accidentally hit upon something funny again.

Good Girl Gone Grad : A) Very cool blog name. B)Yeah, I'm so glad that science is starting to validate my addictions. Next up : How playing Mario Kart secretly makes you attractive to women.

Anonymous said...

That study has validated what I've been saying for years. Guinness is very, very good for you. Why else would the Irish stick it in everything- from their tummies to their stew? That Irish sparkle isn't just from the leprechaun relations, y'know.